Blame Dave Payn!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by MoominDave, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    [Edit: Add clue lengths and also correct #14]

    Seeing as he's been so generous with his anagrams (and also in appreciation for giving me something to do whilst ailing of the flu), I thought one or two of you might appreciate the following variably cryptic efforts on (almost) the same theme - National Finals test-pieces 1900-2003...


    Makes surprisingly green with envy - finally achieves potential. (6)

    Cook sly about Dre and Io. Why? He's the king! (2,3,1,2)

    Gandalf on Shadowfax. (3,5,5)

    The price of a dog's housing in Warks, we hear? (10)

    Deity shows endless messy doings... (4)

    Tony and Cherie? (6,3,4)

    Lofty and leguminous thousand. (4,4)

    Initally build largely incursive training Zeppelins - like German lightning. (5)

    Inspect partner's position in game of strategy. (9)

    Maybe, England sees answer in making HAL bionic. (6)

    About right, then North. Following on, I add Virginia on the left for a celebration. ( 8 )

    Confuse hinny; cause to replace 'yes' with 'true', then use as the basis for a deliberate attempt to alter the issue further. (10,2,1,5)

    We hear about Monkey people - pubs that are about do not have Friday? (11)

    Greek philosopher's comedy has the following cast: The newt, Sofa, Topless Christ, Bottomless Ophelia, and, shortly, Edward Scissorhands - but only, I repeat, shortly. (3,5,2,12)

    For example, Penzance is surprisingly hot on torc achiness. (2,3,7,5)

    Inspired by Terpsichore and Euterpe? (6,3,5)
     
  2. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    Indeed, Dave. I have a surname to live up (or rather, down) to after all!

    I'll have a go at this later. Can't cheat with the anagram program.... :lol:
     
  3. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Well, you need to do a little parsing first anyway!
     
  4. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    I have worked a few out and have to say this is a top quiz! Nice one, Dave!
     
  5. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    ohmygod they get worse - I'm rubbish at cryptic clues!
    Can you at least tell us no. of words/letters pleeeeese?!
     
  6. Maestro

    Maestro Active Member

    Hope these are right or I'm going to look more stupid than normal
     
  7. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Yep, all correct so far!

    I didn't post numbers of letters because I thought that would make it too easy given that we've just done some of the same ones as anagrams...
    Oh, go on then, I'll put them in - hang on a mo...

    Dave
     
  8. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

     
  9. Keppler

    Keppler Moderator Staff Member

    Gandalf on Shadowfax - The White Rider (Denis Wright)
     
  10. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    About right, then North. Following on, I add Virginia on the left for a celebration - Carnival
    Inspired by Terpsichore and Euterpe? - Honour and Glory

    phew!
     
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  12. bruceg

    bruceg Active Member

    About (C) right (R), then North (N). Following on, I (I) add Virginia (VA) on the left (L) for a celebration.

    But where did the first A comes from in the clue given that circa usually yields only C (in the crosswords I do)? Just wondering in case my cryptic crossword days may be nearing an end :)
     
  13. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Crossword compilers use both "C" and "Ca" for "about", from the Latin word "circa" :wink:
     
  14. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    I just guessed from celebration - Carnival had the right number of letters :oops:
     
  15. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Yes, I took "Ca" from Circa.

    "Inspired by Terpsichore and Euterpe?" - isn't "Honour and Glory" - sorry!

    So what have we got left?

    Makes surprisingly green with envy - finally achieves potential. (6)
    We hear about Monkey people - pubs that are about do not have Friday? (11)
    Inspired by Terpsichore and Euterpe? (6,3,5)
     
  16. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    Serves me right for making wild guesses!
    I suppose going through a list of all the test pieces since 1900 and just counting the letters would be cheating......
     
  17. bruceg

    bruceg Active Member

    The Scotsman cryptic crossword tends to assume an abbreviation of c. for circa hence my somewhat anal reply :) Of course, "about" often results in "re" with "around" producing "c(a)" :D I'm going to shut up now...
     
  18. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Dances and Arias :lol:
     

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